MIE Program
First group of students in the MIE Exploratory Ed course (Fall 2018)

Graduates of the College of Education (COE) Minor in Education (MIE) are finding their career path as a result of the program. Geared toward students who are interested in education as a second specialization, the MIE provides undergraduate students with a unique learning opportunity to examine and participate in the field of education while deciding what they want to do next.

“When we first envisioned the Minor in Education, we sought to create spaces and experiences where students could explore whether a career in education would be a good fit for them,” said Janet Kim, COE Recruitment Specialist and 403E: Exploratory Education instructor. “It’s exciting to see so many of our very first students come back and pursue their teaching licenses or other careers in education! I’m so proud to have been a part of their journey and to know they will now be making a difference in the lives of their own students!”

Nicole Daily, Zhenyu Gu, and Kayla Magsayo all returned to the COE to earn their Post-Baccalaureate Certificates (PBC) in Special Education. Tiara Sope and Karli Shidaki returned to pursue their Master of Education in Teaching (MEdT) from the college, while Miyu Kuboi began working for a non-profit organization upon graduation from the MIE.

Get to know these amazing graduates.


Nicole Daily, Resource Teacher at Lunalilo Elementary School

“I would recommend the MIE to other students because it is not just for people who want to teach.”


Zhenyu Gu, Special Education Teacher at Ala Wai Elementary School

“I want to use my knowledge in special education to influence people around me…”


Tiara Sope, Special Education English Teacher at Waipahu High School

“The MIE gave me a small taste of what it means to be a successful and inspirational educator.”


Kayla Magsayo, Resource Teacher at Wai‘anae Intermediate School

“I would highly recommend the MIE to other students, in fact, to ALL students.”


Karli Shidaki, Current MEdT Teacher Candidate

“… the field of education is useful in all occupations, whether or not it is related to teaching, because we are all learning and teaching every day.”


Miyu Kuboi, Environmental Education Leader at Kupu (working at Kailua Intermediate School and Kalāheo High School)

“Being a part of the MIE led me to realize how education is often interconnected to many other interests and majors.”

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